Parks & Recreation
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Parks and Recreation Department Hours
Monday through Friday : 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday and Sundays : Closed
Holidays : Closed
Phone Numbers
General : (562) 904-7238
Fax : (562) 869-2810
Parks and Recreation Department Address
7850 Quill Drive
Downey, CA 90242
Department Telephone Numbers
Barbara J. Riley Community & Senior Center (562) 904-7223
Dial-A-Ride, DowneyLINK (562) 904-7215
McCaughan Gymnasium (562) 869-4738
Rio Hondo Golf Club (562) 927-2329
Rio Hondo Event Center (562) 806-5020
ASPIRE (562) 904-8145

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Development

Are you interested in helping the City of Downey develop the Parks and Recreation Master Plan?  Your input into the needs of Downey's parks, programs and open space is an important step in the process of developing a master plan to outline the future of your recreation programs and parks.

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New Park Picnic Shelter Reservation Rates

As approved by the Downey City Council on June 24, 2014, park picnic shelter reservation rates will be $26.00 per hour for Downey residents and $39.00 per hour for commercial businesses.  These new rates will be effective starting July 1, 2014.

New Wilderness Park Parking Lot Fee

On June 11, 2013 the Downey City Council approved a new fee structure for Wilderness parking lots.  Effective July 1, 2013 Downey residents can park for free.  You must show proof of Downey residency (Driver's license or CA identification card).  City Council also adopted a  $5 per vehicle Non-Resident fee.  To allow our visitors ample notice a grace period has been implemented from  from July 1-September 6, 2013 and non-residents will pay $2 per vehicle.  Effective September 7, 2013 the non-resident parking fee will take effect at $5 per vehicle.

Note: I-5 expansion work will begin at Florence and the 5 Freeway in April 2014 and is scheduled to take place through October 2015 (18 months). Florence traffic lanes will be reduced and this will cause back-up around the 605 Freeway and Little Lake Road.

All reservations, please allow for extra time to get to the park entrance.

Recreation Facilities

The Parks and Recreation Department provides supervision at various parks during the school year. Residents are encouraged to visit the parks and use the many facilities: ball diamonds, play equipment, fitness courses, basketball courts, picnic shelters and more. Alcohol is not permitted at any park site.

Facility Reservations Policy

There are Recreation facilities which may be reserved by Downey residents and community groups: picnic shelters, ball diamonds, meeting rooms and banquet size rooms. Reservations are taken Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and must be made two weeks in advance (10) working days. For fee schedule and additional information, phone the Parks and Recreation Department.

Note: Reservations for the gymnasium (562-904-7128) and Community/Senior Center (562 904-7223) will be taken at those facilities.